Bureau of Ships


David Lassiter attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned a degree in film and English literature. He worked as a commercial cinematographer in Los Angeles before transitioning to directing. His first short film, “Like a Good Neighbor,” was accepted to several international film festivals including the St. Louis International Film Festival and Vegas Cine Fest. “The Opportunist” is his second short, his first as a writer and director.


Nick Clifford is an actor from New York City. After graduating from Brown University, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. He is managed by Leanne Coronel at the Coronel Group and Becca Kovacik at the Hofflund Co.


Alberto Roldán is an LA-based filmmaker from Pennsylvania. His documentary, Aquellos, focused on the spoken word scene in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. After leaving Chicago, he directed commercials and music videos in Nashville, where he received an Emmy nomination for a series of anti-bullying ads he directeda with STARS Nashville. He holds a degree in film and creative writing from Northwestern University.

Cate Smierciak is a filmmaker and artist from Chicago, currently based in Los Angeles after spending the past four years in Berlin. A Northwestern alum (film and art theory & practice), she was also a 2009-10 DAAD Artist Study Grant recipient and enjoyed a one-year residency at the Potsdam Babelsberg Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen. She has worked as a coordinator and collaborator on many international projects, including time spent at K5 International, IFP in New York and UK-based Initialize Films.